The juice on pink
This pair of colours is easy to live with and sure to put a smile on your face, writes Robyn Willis
Stick around long enough and you’ll see the same trends making a return appearance. Orange and pink last made an impact in the early 2000s, driven by an interest in all aspects of Indian design. The colour of marigolds, which are a symbol of peace and prosperity in Indian culture, orange went head-to-head with bold and feel-good pink, which snuck out of the bedroom and shows no signs of returning.
While they were equally vibrant the last time they teamed up, this time around there’s a lot more variation, from burnt orange teamed with soft millennial pink to fuscia pink working in with softer peach shades.
Dive into colour
As with any strong colour, it pays to do a little planning before you dive in. The beauty of these new shades is that they are less true and clear colours. Instead, they are more likely to veer to the ‘dirtier’ end of the spectrum, which can make them easier to live with because they feel a little softer rather than screaming for attention. But if your philosophy is more akin to “‘he who hesitates is lost”, dive right in with a bold wallpapered feature wall.
Textiles company Materialised has just released its latest range from the inexhaustible Florence Broadhurst back catalogue. With just a nod to the 1970s hippie movement in the UK, the pattern and colour combination is at once retro and totally in keeping with the popular tribal interior decorating look gaining traction recently.
Use the pattern to create a palette for the room, with small doses of magenta pink and ochre teamed with natural materials like linen and jute as a neutral backdrop.
Indeed, this pair of colours is a surprisingly good match with the colours of nature, from earthy mushroom and soft terracotta through to the lush greens of the tropics.
Alternatively, make a bold statement and team pink and orange with a white interior. Designer Rugs has released fashion designer Akira Isogawa’s third range of floor rugs, named Hirameki (or inspiration), including a showstopper pattern in deep pink and apricot.
Again, keeping the rest of the room deliberately clean and white will let the colours sing while creating a tropical resort feel to the space.
Cushioning the blow
If the thought of committing to a whole wall or a large scale floor rug is a little overwhelming, pink and orange soft furnishings are a great alternative.
The look is low-key tribal with hints of nomadic culture thrown in. This style embraces tassels, woven cushions and quilted bedding for a relaxed approach that is both warm and inviting.
Whichever look you prefer, this is a colour pairing guaranteed to lift your mood.
This rug from Akira Isogawa's third collaboration with Designer Rugs teams deep pink with apricot.